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February 02

vol. 2021, ed. 4

IndustryP-oty-LACKEY-2020.jpgIIABSC President Frank Sheppard (far right) had the opportunity to recognize IIABSC 2020 Industry Person of the Year award winner Mary Ellen Lackey (middle right) of Southern Trust & Southern Specialty Underwriters  in person along with Camden agents Victor Jowers (far left) and Lorie Sutton (middle left) of member agency Upchurch & Jowers, who nominated her for the award.  CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN,  MARY ELLEN!

SC Legislative Report: 2021 Session Update
Dozens of insurance bills filed, but only a few will be considered

The 124th South Carolina General Assembly (2021-2022) is underway. After a month of meeting, dozens of insurance-related bills have been filed but only a few will be considered. The major issues that will consume the majority of legislative time include “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion, Santee-Cooper Resolution, COVID-19 issues related to financial assistance, vaccine distribution, liability immunity and the state budget. (Originally published 2/5/21)  (+ More...)


Welcome New Members
Agency members

Brown, Moore & Endler, LLC
Myrtle Beach

Mike Campbell Agency, LLC

Giles Insurance Agency

Moulton Insurance Group
Ft Mill

The Robinson-Burgess Agency LLC

Associate members

American Integrity Insurance Corp.
Tampa, FL

Method Insurance
Omaha, NE


Service-based home businesses are thriving - make sure your customers are covered

A new newsletter item this year, our Member Benefit Spotlight aims to help you build your agency using the tools at hand through Big I membership by reminding you of benefits you may have forgotten about. If you need help finding the benefits most in line with the priorities of your agency, you can always contact our Director of Member Services, Megan Thomas (, 803-760-1227)

With many companies working remotely and restrictions on regular services, many are turning to home-based businesses. Also, many individuals who have become unemployed over the past year are finding new opportunities in small business entrepreneurship. Home-based businesses are susceptible to losses just like any other. Unfortunately many don't discover that their homeowner’s policy contains exclusions for business pursuits until AFTER they have suffered a loss.

IIABSC members have access to RLI’s In Home Business policy, which responds to the needs of over 100 eligible business classes on an ISO BOP form. It offers comprehensive coverage for business personal property (both on-premises and while temporarily off-premises), along with up to $1 million in business general liability protection. Loss of business income coverage and medical payments are also included. Premiums start at $150 with competitive commissions, easy underwriting and a self-rating application. Our RLI IHB webpage now includes step-by-step instructions on how to quote and submit new business online. Get started today.  (+ More...)

See also: Trusted Choice® launches guaranteed income program


Watch ABEN Ethics webcast that day for 15% discount

March 25 is IIABSC Ethics Day. To celebrate we are offering the Agency Management Based E&O and Ethics webcast with special pricing. It's a great opportunity for your staff to get their required Ethics hours for less during our morning or afternoon sessions. Register using our online education calendar.  (+ More...)

See also: Elevate Trilogy series has something for everyone in your agency - first session Feb. 25 (registration is FREE)


Trusted Choice GIVE Movement seeking TOP AGENCY GIVERS
Week of giving June 1-8 to benefit Make-a-Wish South Carolina

We are participating once again in the Trusted Choice GIVE Movement this June 1-8. This annual project led by our young agents encourages agencies, affiliates and partners to come together for a week of giving to benefit an incredibly inspirational and worthy cause. Together our donations have the potential for life-changing impact for children and families in South Carolina through Make-A-Wish South Carolina. If your agency wishes to participate in this campaign at a higher level, please consider becoming one of our TOP AGENCY GIVERS. Agencies that donate a minimum of $1,000 to the campaign will earn your agency recognition and inspire individual donors to reach various goals and "unlock" our top-level contributions. Agencies can contribute any amount they wish above the base $1,000 with the option to partner with another agency.   (+ More...)

See also: Trusted Choice® COVID-19 Relief Fund is still awarding grants launches upgraded local agency directories
Helping your agency connect with local consumers searching for insurance information online

As we all know, in the post-COVID era it is more important than ever for independent agents to be found, understood and contacted online. For that reason, our consumer website had launched a new and improved national independent agency directory on All IIABSC members have free profiles grouped by city with their locations pinned on the map. Those agencies who have taken advantage of their FREE Advantage Member Plus upgrades have expended profiles listing coverages and display as a verified insurance agency. Those members with paid Advantage profiles display as recommended agencies with expanded customizable profiles and consumers can request a quote. Google and Bing are crawling and indexing this directory every 30 minutes.  (+ More...)

See also: Upgrade your agency profile to Advantage Member Plus for FREE


February is Insurance Careers Month
Learn how to help students realize insurance careers are stable, rewarding and limitless

Our world is rapidly changing with emerging risks, and our industry is facing a looming talent crisis as baby boomers retire and less than five percent of Millennials have expressed interest in our industry. Insurance Careers Month is phase one of a plan to meet that crisis. While the 2021 February Insurance Careers Month will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, we look forward to global conversations that will highlight how you can bring your authentic self to work in insurance, can create your own career path and help others climb, and how companies are emphasizing wellness and mental health and are making a difference.  (+ More...)  

See also:  Join Big I NY on Feb. 24 for #DayInTheLife campaign


In this issue:

SC Legislative Report: 2021 Session Update (reprint) 

Welcome New Members



Trusted Choice GIVE Movement seeking TOP AGENCY GIVERS launches upgraded local agency directories

February is Insurance Careers Month